Call for abstracts

The abstract submission process is now open to submit and present at the 4th Oceania Seating Symposium being held 21 – 23 November 2023 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia. Submissions will close on Wednesday 31 May 2023.

Please read the information below before submitting an abstract. 

Our theme: 

After the disruption of the last few years due to the COVID19 pandemic, we have the opportunity to learn from our experiences and transform ourselves, our practice, our future and our societies.  In an Australian context, embracing the reforms identified in the Aged Care and Disability sectors, and this theme reflects our embracing of the transformative changes that will come from this, including end user led services, products, and practices. 

Even more transformative in Australia is the implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, an invitation to the Australian people from First Nations Australians to walk together to find a better future.  As part of OSS2023, we also have the fortune to engage with our New Zealand whanau as part of this journey in the field of wheelchairs and seating.  We embrace the concept of transformation and invite you to OSS2023 for an exploration of changing futures together.

Presentation Types

Instructional Course Sessions / Workshops

Instructional sessions (including Q&A) will be

  • 30 minutes,
  • 60 minutes or
  • 90 minutes 

There will be 4 instructional sessions running concurrently. 

Paper Sessions

Paper presentations will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for Q & A. These sessions provide an opportunity for succinct presentations of innovative approaches, research findings or case studies. 

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be held during the morning and afternoon meal breaks.  You will need to be by your poster at your appointed session time.  The abstract submission should describe the research or clinical application.

Tips for Writing Your Abstract

A great abstract is one that is easy to follow and engaging. It should clearly identify the challenge or opportunity explored in the paper and summarise key insights that the paper will contribute to and any interesting questions or ideas that others might explore in the future.

Learning Objectives:

Learning objectives must be written as measurable behavioural objectives that specify what you expect the participant to learn. The hierarchy of behavioural learning is knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.


Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe 3 wheelchair adjustments that improve efficiency for self-propelling
  • Compare and contrast 3 different assessment tools for power wheelchair users
  • Identify 4 outcome measures of a postural management programme that are relevant for children with cerebral palsy GMFCS Level V.

Submission guidelines

Abstracts need to be formatted as per below:

  • Title: A presentation title, not exceeding 15 words which captures the sessions intent
  • Author/presenter information (name, email, country, organisation /affiliation)
  • 150 words or less about each author. Please provide relevant biographical information on up to five authors/presenters
  • Keywords: Between 5-10 to help classify sessions
  • Learning objectives: What are the goals of your presentation? Outline 3 objectives.
  • Presentation description: A 300 word summary of the presentation.
  • Content references: A minimum of 3 references less than 10 years old, if possible, are required for each session to ensure content is based on the best available evidence related to the topic.
  • Presentation type: Paper, poster or instructional sessions/workshops. Instructional sessions and workshops need to indicate length of session preferred – 30, 60 or 90mins.  Proposals for longer sessions (up to 2hrs) must include rationale for the extended time required.
  • Presentation level: Beginner – Intermediate or Intermediate – Advanced.
  • Biography: Up to 150 words for each author presennting
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure: This includes (but is not limited to) those who work for a manufacturer or supplier, or receive an honorarium or travel expenses from manufacturers or suppliers to speak at the conference.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English
  • Must be submitted by 21 May 2023
  • Must not be a product / sales presentation

Note: Images, tables, diagrams, graphs cannot be accepted in the abstract submission process

Acceptance & Publishing of Abstracts

Notifications of abstract acceptance

Authors will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted or declined from 12 June 2023.

(Note: only the primary author per abstract will be contacted. It is their responsibility to notify all contributors)

Publishing of abstracts

Abstracts will be made available on the OSS 2023 website and may be published in the symposium handbook which could be either a hardcopy or pdf version.

(Note: When submitting an abstract for the OSS 2023 the abstract may or may not be published at the discretion of the programe committee. This applies if your abstract is accepted or declined).

Presenter Fees

All presenters will be required to pay the relevant registration fee to attend OSS 2023.

Abstract presenters are to meet their own travel and/or accommodation costs.

How to submit your abstract

Please have your abstract body text, your biography and a good quality photo of yourself (ideally 1mb in size) ready to go before you begin the online submission process. You can then copy and paste them into the relevant sumbmission fields.

Upon successful completion of the abstract sumission process, you will be sent an email acknowledging that your abstract has been submitted. If you do not receive an email, please contact the organisers.

Please click the button below to begin the online submission process.

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